In this 2nd Grade Lesson we continue to study the Sacrament of Penance.
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In the last lesson we looked at the two types of sin: venial and mortal. We know that venial sins are small sins and mortal sins are serious sins that separate us from God.
Just as there are two types of sins, there are two kinds of punishment for sin: eternal and temporal.
Eternal punishment means going to Hell. Someone who commits a mortal sin and does not seek forgiveness in Confession will go to Hell.
Temporal punishment is a penalty that we receive from our sins, and we experience it either in this life or in purgatory. We owe God for the bad sins we’ve committed. Temporal punishment is how we make up for the smaller sins that we have committed.
Suppose you throw a plate because you are mad at your mom. It breaks. Your mom might forgive you but you still need to make up for what you did. You might sweep the floor. You might save money to buy a new plate. You make it up to her because it was your fault and you owe it to her to make it right.
Whenever we sin, we separate ourselves from God. It is never good to be separated from God. We need God. We need to return to Him as soon as possible. How do we get His Grace back? This happens through God’s forgiveness.
We are forgiven in the Sacrament of Confession. The Sacrament is also called Reconciliation. This big word means to “come back to.” We come back to God when we receive the Sacrament of Confession.
We return to God by going to Confession. By confessing our sins to a priest we learn humility. It is not easy to admit when we have been wrong. But when we do admit it out loud we are showing God how sorry we are. We must tell the priests our sins in order for him to grant us forgiveness from God. After we confess our sins we must feel contrition or sorrow for sinning against God.
How do we receive forgiveness in Confession? Is it automatic or something that we just get by going into the Confessional? In order to be forgiven we must cooperate with God. There are three things that we must do or show in order to receive God’s gift of mercy.
First we must be truly sorry. That is called “contrition.”
To show contrition to God we must do three important things:
Every time you look at the crucifix you can remember that Jesus came to die because we are sinners.
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